What can I expect on my first visit to an osteopath?
All of our clinics have their own car parks, some Hospitals operate a pay and display system while GP surgeries do not. Allow plenty of time to find parking and if possible arrive at least 15 minutes early to give yourself plenty of time. Inform the reception staff you have arrived and take a seat and your practitioner will call your name when ready.
At the first consultation, the osteopath will take a detailed case history;
The osteopath will discuss with you the diagnosis and most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively. If the Osteopath thinks it likely your condition will not respond to Osteopathic intervention or feels further investigation or opinions are required they will discuss this with you and outline how this will best be achieved.
At South Devon Osteopaths we believe in shared decision making. We endeavour to give you a thorough understanding of your condition, with the use of models and pictures in language you can understand. A thorough understanding of your diagnosis allows you to make an informed decision on your care and what options are available.
An Osteopath will use hands on techniques to treat your condition in a variety of ways. These can include using a mixture of gentle and more forceful techniques:
Your Osteopath will discuss with you the techniques they intend on using and any possible adverse reactions to these techniques.
After your case history, examination and treatment your osteopath may offer advice on managing your pain, changes to your day to day activities and may advocate a home exercise program (this can be printed or e-mailed for you to reference at home).
At SDO we think it important as a part of your treatment that we aim to create an open patient practitioner relationship that ensures you are at the centre of any decisions made about your care. This also aims to ensure you take responsibility for your own wellness by adhering to the advice such as changes to posture at home or work while being diligent with your personal home exercise plan.
If required your osteopath will arrange a follow up appointment usually within the next 14 days, some of our appointments are outside of normal working hours.
South Devon Osteopaths have an online booking system which allows you to change appointments up to 2 days before. We can also arrange for a text reminder for your appointment if you wish. This service is free.
South Devon Osteopaths have a strict missed appointment policy which we recommend you read.